Core Texts on Leadership

Here are samples from the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and Don Quixote on the topic of leadership:

My child, what strange remarks you let escape you. Could I forget that kingly man, Odysseus? There is no mortal half so wise; no mortal gave so much to the lords of open sky. ~ The Odyssey, Book I, lines 86-89

But the dedicated man, Aeneas, thoughtful through the restless night, made up his mind, as kindly daylight came, to go out and explore the strange new places, to learn what coast the wind had brought him to. ~ The Aeneid, Book I, lines 411-415

“It’s up to brave hearts, sir, to be patient when things are going badly, as well as being happy when they’re going well … For I’ve heard that what they call fortune is a flighty woman who drinks too much, and, what’s more, she’s blind, so she can’t see what she’s doing, and she doesn’t know who she’s knocking over or who she’s raising up. ~ Don Quixote

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